Doloz (Language: Country [IPA]), officially the Republic of Doloz, is a country located in central-to-south Baredina.
The origin of the name Doloz is obscure, but it is believed to be from a substrate language.
The official language of Doloz is the Ozomish language, an Adzo-Neviric language. Ozomish has a substantial number of words of substrate origin.
Doloz is created by Ozomish people, it is generally accepted that Ozomish people originated from Adzo-Neviric-speaking nomadic people in Central Ekuosia who later intermarried with aboriginals in South Baredina when they migrated southwards. Legend has it that Ozomish people moved southward from the Central Ekuosian desert after the disintegration of the Adzamic Empire, invading the land of modern-day Doloz, creating several kingdoms there. Later the kingdoms were unified, creating the First Kingdom of Doloz.
Early Modern Times
The formation of the repubic
The Great Ekuosian War
Doloz joined the side of Unity during the Great Ekuosian War, with the help from other Unity countries, they waged a war against its neutral neighbour Notzel, which forced Notzel to join the war.
As a result of the total downfall of the Unity in 1950s, Doloz also welcomed its final destiny in the war and got occupied by Notzel and the Allied for several years, which led to the disestablishment of the Lovil Industries, one of the largest companies of Doloz at the time.
Most areas in Doloz are not geologically active, earthquakes are not common; however, some areas, especially the the north, are more geologically active and are more prone to earthquakes.
Most area of Doloz have an arid or semi-arid climate.
The government of Doloz claims themselves to be democratic; however, there are no free elections, and the National Party of Doloz has been the only ruling party since the creation of the republic government. Criticisms about the National Party of Doloz can result one be punished with indefinite imprisonment in the name of "national security".
In recent years, however, due to the growth of tourism, many of the locals have learnt a world different from their own, which has greatly impacted the thoughts of some local intellectuals and has led to some protests and other political movements against the long-standing ruling of the National Party.
Being a landlocked country, Doloz has no true navy, and they have a relatively large ground force, and also an air force. Besides the army and the air force, Doloz also has a gendarmerie force independent to the army.
Science and technology
Doloz has a thriving tourism industry, a main attraction of Doloz is the casinos and brothels in the City of Q'oqikvien, which lies near the border of Notzel and Doloz.
The vast majority(more than 90%) of the population belong to the Ozomish ethnicity; however, there are Alcian and Sgen speaking minorities like the Sgen people. The law ensures the protection of the rights of minority groups, but the actual protection to minority groups are questioned.
Non-humans are rare to non-existent in Doloz, due to the general hostility towards non-humans among the population; however, the level of hostility towards non-humans has decreased significantly in recent years, due to the growth of tourism and the efforts to give potential tourists a more friendly environment, which have increased the knowledge about non-human sentients among local peoples; on the other hand, restrictions for non-human immigrants and other restrictions on non-human inhabitants still remain in the law. Only human beings can become citizens or permanent residents in Doloz.
Doloz has undergone a rapid urbanization in the latter half of the 20th century. Nowadays, more than 80% of the population in Doloz live in cities or other types of urban areas. The largest city of Doloz is the Doloz city, the second-largest city is Q'oqikvien
The main language of Doloz is Ozomish, an Adzo-Neviric language with an Alcian substrate.
Doloz has a high literacy rate, the literacy rate is around 99%-100%. Education in Doloz compulsory at the elementary and lower secondary levels; however, most students continue to high school and college, with more than 70% of the population having at least a high school diploma. Around 15% of high school graduates go to college each year. The mean years of schooling are around 12 years.
Schools generally do not use uniforms, though there are some dress codes for students to ensure the modesty of students. Kindergartens are not compulsory, however, in recent years, an increasing number of children go to kindergarten before elementary school.
For tertiary education, most colleges and universities are private. Competition for colleges and universities is fierce, the admission rate of college is below 30%. To enter a college or an university, prospective students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and take the National College Entrance Exam(NCEE). Most high school graduates take the NCEE, but only few of them are admitted into a college or university; besides, the graduation rate of college students is low, less than 50% of college students could earn a college diploma.
There are few graduate schools in Doloz, most graduate school award a doctorate degree to those who finish the course and have a dissertation, and a master's degree to those who can't create a dissertation that satisfies the standard for doctorate degree but have otherwise finished the courses during graduate school studies.
Due to its relatively low cost for medical services compared to surrounding countries, Doloz has become a popular destination for medical tourism in South Baredina; however, there are accusations that the government of Doloz execute prisoner of conscience by procuring their organs for transplant to recipients. The government of Doloz has long denied all accusations of forced organ procurement. However, the failure of Doloz authorities to effectively address or refute the charges by evidence has drawn attention and public condemnation from other governments, human rights groups and medical societies. The parliaments of Notzel has adopted resolutions condemning the forced organ procurement from prisoners of conscience.
Gennism is the official religion in Doloz, it was the religion of the royal family before becoming a republic; however Gennism is only practiced by a minority of people in Doloz. Most people in Doloz adhere to Qurosism, and Qurosism is the most important religion in Doloz.
While the constitution of Doloz guarantees freedom of religion, whether the freedom of religion in Doloz is actually guaranteed is questionable. Some religions, including Egerism from Notzel, are banned in Doloz, people who follow religions other than Gennism or Qurosism often face systematic discriminations, and some religion groups have faced the accusation of being a "cult".
Doloz is a relatively homogeneous country, with the vast majority of the population being Ozomish. In modern times, Doloz has a booming popular culture. There's an emerging industry of the production of animation, comics, video games and pop music in Doloz; however, critics think the government of Doloz use popular culture as a bait to divert people from serious political issues, and creations containing dissidant contents often get banned; besides, as some art styles are strongly influenced by those found in foreign countries, there are people mocking Doloz as the "land of wannabes".
Traditionally, people in Doloz follow the Lower Ekuosian gender system, in the Dolozian version of the Lower Ekuosian gender system, there are five genders, as the Quuroshoom gender is recognized by Ozomish people.
Cuteness is a prominent feature in modern popular art of Doloz, and the art style shows substantial influence from some foreign countries. The use of cuteness is widespread, even in erotic arts; however, due to the totalitarian tendency of the Nationalist Party government of Doloz, people who like similar styles have gained notoriety as being "supporters of totalitarianism and oppression" besides being "degenerates" that are "backward" and "weird" and "refuse to grow up".